We are excited to announce that next week we will be joined by Kim Brandstrup, Peter Wiegold, Sandrine Monin and Nadine Benjamin who will act as guest lecturers during our 2019 Choreographers and Composers Lab. Each guest will give industry insight from their professional experiences and set creative tasks for the eight participants.
Funded by Jerwood Arts with match funding from Leeds Dance Partnership, the Choreographers and Composers Lab brings together four choreographers and four composers for a two week intensive where they will be mentored by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Sharon Watson and guest lecturers.
The participant’s creative explorations will come to life in Phoenix Dance Theatre’s state of the art building and other surrounding creative spaces. To support the artists’ creative processes the four selected choreographers and four composers will be joined by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s seven company dancers, five guest dancers and four musicians.
A little more about the lecturers:
Kim Brandstrup is a Danish-born, British-based choreographer. He is renowned for his award-winning work in dance, opera, theatre and film. His choreographic credits include companies such as: The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and most recently Rambert.
Peter Wiegold is a composer, conductor and director described by the Independent as “one of the most innovative musicians working today.” He is the founder of the ensemble Gemini and is passionate about exploring alternative forms of music-making and has worked a great deal with non-western musicians.
Sandrine Monin is an ex-Phoenix Dance Theatre dancer and an original participant of the 2015 Choreographers and Composers Lab. Following her time on the Lab where she was partnered with composer Roberto Rusconi, Sandrine was commissioned by Sharon Watson to create original dance work Calyx which premiered on Phoenix Dance Theatre in 2017.
Nadine Benjamin is a British lyric soprano in demand in both the opera and concert platform. She is an English National Opera Harewood artist and made her debut with the company in 2018, she will also appear in their 2019/20 season. She most recently represented the English National Opera in Trafalgar Square for a performance at West End Live!